UGA Extension Office

Master Gardeners


The Georgia Master Gardener Program® is an Extension volunteer training program offered through county offices of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening, and related areas.

These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of their County Extension Agent, to help others through educational projects that benefit the community. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities’ landscapes and gardens; making life better for Georgians.

Mission Statement:

To assist Cooperative Extension in providing unbiased horticultural information through volunteer community service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia.


The Master Gardener Program is designed to develop highly skilled volunteers that agree to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service in exchange for 40 hours of horticultural training by Cooperative Extension professionals.  After the initial year of service, 25 hours of volunteer service is required to remain active in the program. Typical volunteer activities include:

  • Gardening Demonstrations
  • Plant Clinics
  • Phone Consultations
  • Newsletter Production
  • Youth Gardening
  • Community or Education Gardening
  • Information Booths at Fairs & Festivals
  • Research & writing Projects
  • Teach Adult Classes
  • Newspaper or Magazine Articles

2017 Officers:

President – Cesare Matrundola
Vice President - Marjean Levy & Gale Ward
Treasurer - Pat Roling
Corresponding Sec. - Mary Carter
Recording Sec. - Vivian Cheatham
Historian - Charlene Hutson
3-year Director -Judy Abell
2-year Director Debbie Altman
1-year Director - Marti Colglazier
Past President - Maria VonDickersohn


So Easy to Preserve Book

Purchase the "So Easy to Preserve" Book today at the Rockdale County Extension Office for $18.00.  Cash or check only.


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Become a Master Gardener

Course dates: January - March (each year)
Applications: Accepted each year Sept. 1- Oct. 31
Cost: $ 120.00

2018 Application Packet:

2018 Volunteer Application
Volunteer Agreement
Trainee Role Description

Applicants must pass a University of Georgia Volunteer background check and follow UGA Extension policies and procedures. 

Contact Amy Smith or James Murphy at the Rockdale County Extension Office @ 770-278-7373 for more information.

Note:  Class will be held on Mondays from 9am-4 pm on Mondays for 12 weeks (January-March).  We partner with South-Metro Counties (Henry, Clayton, and Spalding) with most meetings in McDonough.


Master Gardener booth in Old Town Conyers
Master Gardener Plant Sale
Master Gardeners helping with AG Day
Master Gardeners at UGA Garden Tour
Monastery of the Holy Spirit Retreat Garden
Walk of Heros - Clarence R. Vaughn Jr. Botanical Garden
Plant-a-Row Garden for Rockdale Emergency Relief
Memorial Arboretum
"Get on the Bus" trip to Beulahland Hydrangea Garden

Memorial Arboretum

One  creates  a  living  memorial  by dedicating  a  tree  within  the  Arboretum. You are invited to make your dedication by either adopting an existing tree or purchasing and planting a tree from the approved list.

How to dedicate a tree: Application


2017 Summer Party